January 2016’s Transfer Deadline Day in Scotland proved unusually busy with a number of clubs doing business in order strengthen themselves for the run-in.
Celtic confirmed the acquisition of Patrick Roberts from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal, while they swapped one apparent hot-head for another as Nadir Ciftci departed on loan to Eskisehirspor and Colin Kazim-Richards, who was suspended for threatening a journalist, joined from Feyenoord.
The deal was received by a mixed reaction from supporters, with some questioning the club’s transfer strategy. Youngster Aidan Nesbitt joined Partick Thistle on loan.
Robbie Neilson’s Hearts side perhaps pulled off deal of the day if it goes through before the close of the window, with Osman Sow set to join Chinese outfit Henan Jianye in a £1.5 million deal.
Former Scotland international Don Cowie sealed a switch to Tynecastle on a two-year deal as did Vitesse striker Abiola Dauda until the end of the season. John Souttar also looks destined to join the club after Dundee United accepted a third bid for the defensive midfielder. Morgaro Gomis has joined Motherwell until the end of the season and Danny Swanson left the club by mutual consent.
Rangers finally got their man after St Johnstone’s Michael O’Halloran joined the club until the summer of 2020 having had two bids initially rejected.
Aberdeen brought in striker Simon Church from MK Dons, allowing David Goodwillie to move to Ross County until the summer. The Dons missed out on Inverness CT midfielder Greg Tansey despite reportedly triggering the player’s release clause.
On the Scotland front Jordan Rhodes moved to Middlesbrough from Blackburn Rovers for £9 million only 24 hours after the deal seemed to be off.
And Steven Fletcher swapped Sunderland for the south of France after completing a move to Marseille.
DONE DEALS in Scotland
David Goodwillie to ROSS COUNTY from Aberdeen LOAN
Abiola Dauda to HEARTS from Vitesse LOAN
Gary Dicker to KILMARNOCK from Carlisle
Aidan Nesbitt to PARTICK THISTLE from Celtic LOAN
Colin Kazim-Richards to CELTIC from Feyenoord UNDISCLOSED
Morgaro Gomis to MOTHERWELL from Hearts LOAN
Don Cowie to HEARTS from Wigan FREE
Patrick Roberts to CELTIC from Manchester City LOAN